Former Chelsea assistant coach Jose Morais has lifted the lid on his time with the Blues and what it is like to work alongside Jose Mourinho.
Morais, 55, joined the west Londoners initially in 2013 and once again in 2015 as he watched over and assisted in two successful seasons for the club on and off the pitch.
The Portuguese is currently without a job after former AS Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim took over the reins at Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal.
With the 55-year-old seeking his next job, coupled with Mourinho getting his new gig in Italy, Morais has lifted the lid on what it was like to work with his fellow Portuguese compatriot at several different clubs.
Morais started off by revealing how the Blues role came around, and the significant part Mourinho played in helping him move to Stamford Bridge.
“It was at Benfica that I met Mourinho,” the 55-year-old told CV. “I never imagined he’d remember me all those years later, with that invitation over the phone.”
“My first year as his assistant was difficult. It was an exciting job, but exhausting. He pays attention to the smallest of details and expects the same from his staff.”
He went on to speak about his switch from Saudi Arabia to England after the 2014-15 season: “We spent three seasons in Spain; we won major trophies and we learned a lot. In that last season, maybe that collective belief, for one reason or another, was not the same.
“Mourinho’s next stage – and therefore mine, too – was in England. He was going back to Chelsea, where he’d been very happy during his first spell. There was an immense challenge ahead, and he met expectations again by bringing more trophies back to the club. During that time in London, something unexpected happened in my career.
“I got an offer from Al-Shabab, a Saudi club. It was an excellent proposal, financially. When I told Mourinho, he said I should ask for twice as much as they were offering. ‘If the Saudis pay, you can go,’ he said.
“The original offer was already crazily high. But they accepted my response, and Mourinho convinced the directors at Chelsea to allow them to ‘borrow’ me. That is how I went to Saudi Arabia, did my job, and then returned to Chelsea.
“When we left Chelsea, Mourinho didn’t work for a while. During that interval, an opportunity came my way. I accepted the job to coach Antalyaspor in Turkey.
“From then on, my career and Mourinho’s have taken different paths. But reuniting with him is always on my radar. I will never stop considering that possibility.
“I feel grateful for what he has given me in my career. I feel happy and fulfilled as a head coach. But out of gratitude and the fondness that I feel for Mourinho, I will always be available to join him if he ever needs me again.”
A prospect that could become possible with the 55-year-old previously admitting his adoration for his ex-coaching assistant who was an integral part of the 2014-15 Chelsea Premier League winning squad.
“I have some friends in football but if I have to choose the top three, I would choose one of my former assistant Jose Morais,” said Mourinho one year ago.
“Two days ago he was champion of South Korea and I want to offer to congratulate him because he is champion,” he added.
Morais to join Mourinho at Roma is something to look out for as the 2021/22 season moves ever closer.
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Source by Football London